Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

Angela Fry

Branch President

Manager – Toowoomba & South West Region 

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SWQ Branch committee

Angela Fry (Branch President)

Manager, Toowoomba & South West Region, GHD

Ashlee Adams (YIPWEAQ Deputy Chair)
Principal Project Manager, Toowoomba Regional Council

Andrew Johnson
Works Manager, Somerset Regional Council

Dereck Sanderson
District Director (Darling Downs), TMR

Luke Tanner

Manager Works, Goondiwindi Regional Council

Councils in the SWQ Branch

Balonne Shire Council,  Bulloo Shire Council, Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council, Goondiwindi Regional Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Murweh Shire Council, Paroo Shire Council, Quilpie Shire Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council, South Burnett Regional Council, Southern Downs Regional Council,  Toowoomba Regional Council, Western Downs Regional Council

SWQ Branch President's Report
June 2018

Thank you to the Goondiwindi Regional Council, our hosts for the 2018 SWQ Branch conference! The 139 delegates in attendance will confirm it was an exceptional event in every respect from the program and presentations, the organisation, the exhibition and the opportunities for networking with and sharing of ideas with our regional colleagues.

The Best Paper award was presented to Joseph Marstella from TMR for his paper on the Safety and Freight on the New England Highway - Darling Downs District's strategic approach. Joseph will now present his paper at the IPWEAQ annual conference to be held at The Marriott, Surfers Paradise, 10-12 October 2018.

As part of our ongoing dialogue regarding the long term financial sustainability of councils, Jan Xanthopoulo from the Queensland Treasury Corporation presented a paper on the linking of asset management to long term financial sustainability.

And as part of our role informing the outcome of the NDRRA Funding Reforms, we enjoyed a presentation from Jimmy Scott and Kieran Dibb and from the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.

Our delegates and sponsors raised $4,865 for the President’s Charity with thanks to SMK Consultants for sponsoring the charity auction. Winning bidders included Sean Rice from Proterra, Councillor Carol Taylor, Deputy Mayor, Toowoomba Regional Council and Carl Bacon from WDRC and Richard Holliday from Orion Solar. Goondiwindi mayor, Councillor Graeme Scheu not only opened our conference and participated throughout but also conducted our auction.

Thank you to all our Partners, exhibitors and sponsors including GenEng Solutions, Hunter H20, Shepherd Services, the Proterra Group and of course SMK Consultants.

IPWEAQ has also just concluded another successful event, the Southern Roads Symposium held in Toowoomba, 29-31 May which saw 160 delegates gather to discuss the use of locally resourced materials in the construction, maintenance and operations of southern roads. Thank you to the Toowoomba Regional Council and TMR, our partners for this event.

Thank you to 137 delegates, exhibitors and sponsors for making the NQ Branch Conference in Cairns a huge success. 

See photos and the conference wrap-up.

Branch President's Report
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Coming up next is the IPWEAQ annual conference and excellence awards to be held at The Marriott, Surfers Paradise, 10-12 October 2018. The SWQ Branch committee would like to see a SWQ branch entry nominated for an excellence award in each of the 11 project categories (including two water awards) and the four ‘people’ categories. Please take a moment to review your recent projects and consider a nomination – even if you don’t win, the excellence awards ceremony is a great opportunity to profile the work you do and the people you work with. 

Finally, the Call for Papers for the IPWEAQ annual conference will open shortly. Aside from Joseph Marstella, we would like to see a strong contingent of SWQ branch members in the conference program including some of our younger, graduate engineers. While it is nice to hear about the big success stories, we also need to hear about the challenges and how we’ve overcome difficult situations.

I look forward to seeing you on the Gold Coast!

Angela Fry

SWQ Branch President

Branch Scholarships

SWQ Branch members who require assistance to attend the IPWEAQ annual conference to be held on the Gold Coast, 10-12 October 2018 may apply for a branch scholarship. For more information, please contact Leigh Cunningham.